Tooth extraction, though a popular procedure, is not part of your general dental treatment. It is a procedure done when the dentist deems it necessary to pull your teeth. Remember, when the permanent teeth set in, they are designed to last for a lifetime and once they are extracted, they don’t grow back. Before you come for your tooth extraction procedure, here is what you need to know about the procedure.
At Smile Center Villa Rica, our goal is to preserve the integrity of your teeth as well as promote good gum health. Therefore, we only recommend tooth extraction when there is no other alternative but to pull the teeth. Some of the situations that can warrant the dentist to perform a tooth extraction include:
To minimize the pain, we may use dental sedation and local anesthesia. Sedation is recommended if you have dental phobia, have a severe gag reflex, and tooth sensitivity. Some of the options used include oral sedation, nitrous oxide or laughing gas, IV sedation or general anesthesia.
Once the anesthesia begins to wear off there will be slight discomfort and residual bleeding. The dentist will place a gauze pad to stop the bleeding and prescribe pain medications to ease the discomfort.
How you to take care of your gums after the extraction will determine the healing time. It is therefore important to follow the dentist’s instructions, and here are a few tooth extraction aftercare instructions.
Dry socket is a common complication after extraction. A blood clot develops immediately after the procedure to promote healing. However, certain factors can cause it to break causing pain and bad breath.
You may also have swelling, bleeding, infection, gum tenderness and redness, discomfort, difficulty chewing, and pain.
After the teeth extracted, you will have spaces in between that affect your appearance as well as your dental structure. Filling these spaces is important to maintain the integrity of your teeth, and a few options are available to help you replace the missing teeth. You can choose from dental implants, veneers, bridges, and dental crowns.
Schedule an appointment with our dentist when your gum has completely healed to discuss your dental options. We will assess your dental health and choose a suitable cosmetic dental treatment to fix your smile.